9 May

Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick has been compared to a one act play, and this seems pretty accurate. A mystery and thriller, the book takes place in the Arctic Circle in both the present and the past. Sig Andersson is a young boy on the brink of becoming a man. His father has dragged Sig and his sister around the top of the world, almost starving and freezing to death on multiple occasions. When the story begins in the present, we discover that Sig’s father is dead on the ice. In the past, we learn of the hardships (including the death of Sig’s mother) and the happiness Sig and his sister experienced as children.

When (in the present) a horrible man named Wolff comes to seek what he believes is rightfully his from Sig’s father, Sig is alone with his father’s dead body. The tension and fear quickly begins to escalate, and Sig is forced to make choices based on the lessons of his now-dead parents.

The story is well-paced, and the historical setting of gold/iron-rush Alaska and other Arctic towns are nicely detailed. Sig is a believable character, and his actions are unexpected. Overall this is a great read for someone who wants something quick and page-turning. It really forces the reader to think about questions of morality, weaponry, fear, and free will.

Nora’s rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Author: Marcus Sedgwick
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (April 2010)

5 Responses to “Revolver”

  1. Darren @ Bart's Bookshelf 09. May, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

    I love Sedgwick’s writing and how he manages to weave such a wonderful atmosphere with his writing. I could really feel the cold in this one! 😉

  2. Bonnie 16. May, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

    Hi! It was awesome meeting you the other day. Hopefully we’ll see one another in NYC again! 🙂

    I love that you and I follow a lot of the same blogs, too <3 Can't wait to discover you through your blog!

    • Em 04. Jun, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

      Nice meeting you too Bonnie!

  3. Em 04. Jun, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

    I’m excited to read this one and his upcoming release – the next one sounds creepy!

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